Sep

24

Posted by : Arun | On : September 24, 2008

I upgraded my Ubuntu installation in my laptop Acer Travelmate 8204 from Ubuntu 8.04 to Ubuntu 8.10. It’s an upgrade and not a fresh installation. I had both Ubuntu and Kubuntu 8.04 installed in my laptop and I set Kubuntu as default and was using that for the past few weeks to test KDE 4.1. I didn’t want to download the complete ISO file of the alpha version to upgrade, but I couldn’t find an option in Kubuntu to do a pre-release upgrade. I used update-manager -d in a Kubuntu terminal and it started the Ubuntu upgrade manager. I proceded with the upgrade.

After the upgrade was done, I restarted the system. I got an error that kdm was not loaded, so I was not getting the login screen. I then logged on to command line and reconfigured my system to use gdm. I still couldn’t login to Kubuntu using GDM. I then chose Ubuntu as default and logged into Ubuntu. When I checked Synaptic, kdm was not installed. The upgrade screwed it up. I then completely uninstalled Kubuntu and am using Ubuntu 8.10 now.

The good thing about Ubuntu 8.10 is, my wireless card light is on now. Though the wireless worked, the light never came on after I moved to Ubuntu 8.04. The light now works good and even the wireless card works pretty good. With Ubuntu 8.04, I had to be near the router to conenct before I take my laptop to another place, but now I could connect from anywhere in my house. That’s a big improvement and a good one too. The only bug now is, Ubuntu does not store the key, so you have to enter the key each time. I hope this gets fixed soon.

Another major issue with the new Ubuntu (actually the new xorg) is the ATI driver support. The new Xorg is not supported by current version of fglrx driver. I have to use the open source ATI driver. Though it’s not slow for normal use, Firefox is painfully slow when I access my gmail account. I’m not sure if it’s the driver issue or Firefox. I hope ATI supports the new Xorg before the final release of Ubuntu 8.10.The system is slow if I use Compiz.

I’m going to stick with Ubuntu alpha version for now just because the wireless works better. I hope the rest of the bugs are fixed when it moves to beta.

Sep

24

Posted by : Arun | On : September 24, 2008

Mozilla calendar team has released version 0.9 of Lightning and Sunbird. This brings the calendar project close to their 1.0 release. Here are some changes/new functionalities included in 0.9. Lightning 0.9 is intended to be the last release for the
Thunderbird 2 series. The future plan is to integrate
Lightning fully into the upcoming Thunderbird 3 release.

  • Events spanning days now have a visual indicator indicating them as connected events
  • When reloading a remote calendar a progress indicator is now shown
  • The so-called “minimonth” (small calendar month in the upper left) has been given a visual overhaul
  • The calendar views (day, week, multiweek, month) have been given a visual overhaul
  • The today pane can now be displayed in calendar mode and task mode as well [Lightning-only]
  • CalDAV support and interoperability with various CalDAV servers has been improved
  • iMip/iTip support (support for email invitations) has been greatly improved [Lightning-only]
  • The application stability and memory consumption has been greatly improved

Sep

19

Posted by : Arun | On : September 19, 2008

Ubuntu has released their 6th and final alpha version of Ubuntu 8.10. Along with lots of bug fixes, alpha 6 also contains

new features to Samba 3.2 includes:

  • clustered file server support
  • encrypted network transport
  • ipv6 support
  • better integration with the latest version of Microsoft Windows™ clients and servers.

Intrepid alpha-6 features a new pam-auth-update tool, which allows simple management of PAM authentication configuration for both desktops and servers.

You can download Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 6 from here.

Sep

16

Posted by : Arun | On : September 16, 2008

I’m happy to say that my dad and my father-in-law use Ubuntu as their main OS. My FIL used Ubuntu when he stayed with us and liked it, so he asked me to install Ubuntu in the new Dell Inspiron laptop he got. He logs into Windows for tasks that can’t be performed in Ubuntu or not straightforward.

The Windows installation in my dad’s computer crashed twice in the last couple of months, so he wanted to try Ubuntu. I guided him through phone to install Ubuntu. He felt the installation was quite easy. I then guided him on adding repositories and installing softwares. He installed all the necessary codecs and applications. CD/DVD, MP3 etc. worked flawlessly. He did this couple of days back. He told me yesterday that he liked it very much. He felt that it was faster than Windows and sound etc were much better than Windows. I told him to try it for a month and give me the feedback. Unlike my FIL’s computer which is a dual boot, my dad’s laptop has just Ubuntu. This is just an example of how Ubuntu (and other Linux distributions) are becoming more user friendly (for non tech people). I won’t say Ubuntu is 100% user friendly due to lack of manufacturers support for hardwares, but it is getting better day by day.

Sep

11

Posted by : Arun | On : September 11, 2008

Watch this interesting Large Hardon Rap about The Large Hadron Collider. If you don’t know what it is, check this site.

Sep

11

Posted by : Arun | On : September 11, 2008

London Stock Exchange runs .NET, C#, Microsoft SQL Server and Windows 2003. Read the crash story here.

Sep

09

Posted by : Arun | On : September 9, 2008

Mark Shuttleworth announced that Ubuntu 9.04 due out in April next year will be called Jaunty Jackalope. Shuttleworth has set some specific goals to meet in Jaunty. One of them is boot time. He wants Ubuntu to boot as fast as possible – both in the standard case, and especially when it is being tailored to a specific device. According the him, The Jackalope is known for being so fast that it’s extremely hard to catch, and breeds only when lightning flashes. He wants to see if Ubuntu developers can make booting or resuming Ubuntu blindingly quick.

Another goal is the the blurring of web services and desktop applications. Ubuntu developers have already laid some foundations for weblications (a desktop application that seamlessly integrates the web!) in the online services discussions that took place in Prague.

More information will be avilable after the Ubuntu developer summit from December 8 to 12.

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Sep

08

Posted by : Arun | On : September 8, 2008

Ubuntu team has released their 5th (and I think final) alpha version of Ubuntu 8.10. Alpha 5 brings the following changes:

  • GNOME 2.23.91
  • Nautilus file manager now has tab support and eject icon for removable drives.
  • File Roller now supports ALZ, RZIP, CAB, TAR.7Z file types also.
  • Linux Kernel 2.6.27 which includes better hardware support.
  • The User Switcher panel applet (package fast-user-switch-applet) now provides an extra entry for starting a Guest session.
  • On each successful boot, Intrepid will retain a copy of your running kernel and make it available from the boot loader as a “Last successful boot” option.
  • DKMS is included in Alpha 5, allowing kernel drivers to be automatically rebuilt when new kernels are released. This makes it possible for kernel package updates to be made available immediately without waiting for rebuilds of driver packages, and without third-party driver packages becoming out of date when installing these kernel updates.

Here are some known issues that exists in Alpha 5.

  • When using manual partitioning and configuring crypt+LVM, the partitioning will fail in certain configurations.
  • The Intrepid 2.6.27-2 kernel fails to boot as a Guest under VirtualBox. This issue is expected to be resolved for Intrepid Alpha 6.
  • Resume from Suspend with the 2.6.27-1 and 2.6.27-2 kernel will cause the system to reboot/shutdown. This issue should be resolved with the 2.6.27-3 kernel which will be uploaded post Alpha5.
  • On Ubuntu systems, the “Shutdown” button in the Quit…menu does not shut down the system, but instead logs the user out.
  • On Ubuntu systems, the default desktop theme is wrong.
  • The X.Org configuration file (/etc/X11/xorg.conf) still has InputDevice entries for the mouse and keyboard, but they are ignored now because input-hotplug is used.
  • After upgrading to this version, some keys might misbehave in X. Please make sure you have set the keyboard model as Generic Evdev-managed keyboard in System ? Preferences ? Keyboard, in
    the tab Layouts.
  • Memtest86+, accessible via the boot menu, falsely reports some memory as failing the test.

Kubuntu team has released Kubuntu 8.10 Alpha 5 which includes:

  • Intrepid Ibex alpha 5 brings with it KDE 4.1.1.
  • Intrepid Ibex alpha5 comes with an all-new KDE4 version of the Adept Package manager. It features a new, re-factored user interface and is much more stable, responsive, while at the same time being lighter on resources than Adept 2.1.
  • The all new update-notifier-kde serves as an update-notifier and an apport crash notifier for Intrepid Ibex. The current release also supports notification for the need of a reboot as well as upgrade hooks.
  • KWin’s nifty desktop effects will work by default in Kubuntu Intrepid Ibex as long as your card is supported and you have mesa-utils installed.
  • In Intrepid Ibex alpha5, KMix now supports the multimedia-button functionality that various keyboards offer.

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Sep

08

Posted by : Arun | On : September 8, 2008

Mozilla has released their 2nd alpha of Firefox 3.1. This version includes the following changes:

  • Support for the HTML 5 video element.
  • The new functionality of CTRL + T which shows previews of 3 recently used tab, now includes an option to close the tab.
  • You can now drag and drop tabs between different browser windows.
  • New selector to create areas of Aero style glass – works with Vista only. For more details, click here.
  • New CSS properties support.
  • GMail is now part of the web content handler for mailto: links. Clicking on a mailto: link will give GMail as an option to use.
  • Improved performance for accessing huge JPG image with embeded color profile on a local disk.

To download Windows version, Click Here. For Linux, Click Here.

Source: Mozilla.

Sep

04

Posted by : Arun | On : September 4, 2008

Dell launched Dell Inspiron Mini 9 today. Dell Inspiron Mini 9 comes with either Ubuntu or Windows XP. Ubuntu system costs $349 and is $50 less than Windows XP system with identical configurations (except for the hard drive). The Mini weighs 2.28 lbs and carries solid state drive. The display size is 8.9″. Built-in webcam and bluetooth are available as an option. Dell also offers 2GB of online storage from Box.net.

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Source: Dell.

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